Massey hid problems in second set of books at Upper Big Branch

This is another reason to kick our addiction to coal.
Go Solar/Wind.
Massey Energy Co. kept two sets of safety books at West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch mine, suggesting an attempt to cover up problems before the April 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners, Mine Safety and Health Administration officials said today.

The allegation, first revealed to victim families in a meeting yesterday evening, is perhaps the most telling piece of information MSHA released in a public briefing about its investigation into the incident.


Why kicking our addiction to oil is so important !

The world consumed 13.2 billion tons of oil-equivalent from all sources in 2010: 33.6 percent from oil, 29.6 percent from coal, 23.8 percent from natural gas, 6.5 percent from hydroelectricity, 5.2 percent from nuclear energy, and a mere 1.3 percent from all renewable forms of energy. Together, fossil fuels — oil, coal, and gas — supplied 10.4 billion tons, or 87 percent of the total.
So, oil is worse than coal in terms of total energy consumed. If we move people to electric vehicles, especially smaller ones, like the Xtreme BugE, we will cut deeply into the oil slice of our global environmental problem, global warming, oil spills, etc.
Don’t get me wrong. Kicking our addiction to coal is also very important. That is where solar/wind and other renewables come in. And the faster the better.

Coal strip mine.


New Poll. Americans of all stripes support fuel efficiency/ clean energy

Regardless of how they felt about global warming — from “alarmed” to “dismissive” — nearly everyone in this 2009 survey supported increased fuel efficiency standards. Even the ones who dismissed the threat of climate change weren’t very strongly opposed. What’s more, 90 percent of people think clean energy should be a priority for the president, including 85 percent of Republicans. And more than 80 percent support increased funding of renewable energy research.

This is more or less unprecedented in terms of public support for policy options — how often do you see 90 percent of people agreeing on anything? And Republican politicians may be starting to catch on — at least, the ones who aren’t in office anymore. This week, 15 former Republican governors, congresspeople, and government officials sent a letter to President Obama urging him to increase fuel efficiency standards. (Fuel efficiency? My god, why didn’t the left think of that??) Maybe Republicans who still have to win votes will soon catch on that their constituents want this stuff, too.

And here is part of Andrew Revkin’s NYTimes article on this topic:
When President Obama announced the release of oil from the country

More good news on solar in US.

Check out the “game-changing” $2.6-billion solar panel project announced this week that would install nearly as many panels as were installed in the whole country in 2010. The U.S. Department of Energy is backing more than $1 billion in loans for the project, and earlier this month announced it would also back $1.9 billion in loans for two solar power projects in California.

Meanwhile, private financing of renewable energy projects has picked up, with Google emerging as one of the biggest spenders. This year, the company has already invested 10 times as much in renewables and clean tech as it did in 2010, reaching a total of $780 million–including, this month alone, $102 million for a wind energy center and $280 million for a residential solar panel partnership.nsec-solar-panels-military-585-mfk011911